Tariffs and Codes:
It has taken a long time, but the new (three years) have now at last been sorted and are being paid by medical schemes.
All the below listed Draft Regulations have gone through all the necessary channels and are now awaiting promulgation by the Minister of Health.
Regulations Relating to the Scope of Profession of Dental Technicians and Dental Technologists
Regulations Relating to the Mandatory Registration of Informally Trained Dental Laboratory Assistance and Dental Technicians with Restricted Registration.
Regulations Relating to the Supervision of Registered Dental Laboratories.
This is still a thorn in the side and is a long way off, of finalization. The good news is that all the missing funds have been recovered after a lot of searching, and are now safely paid into the Trust account. Hopefully by this time next year I will be able to report more positively.
The incorrect e-mails sent out by SADA regarding direct payment, that it is only allowed for the Lab to claim after the dentist has signed off the work, was after my meeting with the SADTC and some medical schemes, found to be groundless. You may claim as soon as the work is delivered and a delivery note is signed by anybody in the practice.
It was decided in January to not have a Student Achiever competition in 2015, as the UoTs were of the opinion that there was insufficient time. 2016 however is in full swing. The first winner in 2014 is in Europe at present.
Sub Committees of SADTC:
Although I am not a SADTC Councillor, I am happy to inform you that I serve on the following committees.
Tariff Committee (to be ratified on the 12th December)
By not only serving on these committees, but being very involved in all of them I can assure you that your interests are always first and foremost.
The only Committee I do not serve on and correctly so, is the disciplinary committee.
We have done a tremendous amount of work in all these committees, especially on the legal side, by having completed the first very rough re-draft of the dental technicians act. It will be available sometime next year for your valuable input and comment.
As you are aware, SADA laid a complaint against DENTASA and the SADTC, at the CC with regards to the use of Cad/Cam by dentists. I have already given a three hour testimony at the CC in June/July of this year.
Both the Registrar of the SADTC and I have been subpoenaed to appear in front of the CC again on the 11th December, and I would imagine that the final outcome of the case will be delivered. If so, I will send an SMS out to inform you all, as the office is closing on Tuesday 15th December.
National Department of Health:
I am part of the “Oral Health Stakeholder Consultative Committee” of the NDoH. This is a very high powered committee, as all nine Directors of Oral Health, the Dental Dean of Dental Faculties, all Associations, all Regulators and Representatives of the UoTs, chaired by the Director of Oral Health in S.A. are present.
DENTASA, represented by yours truly, had a very interesting presentation on Clinical Dental Technology on the 26th November. Mr. Ishmael Larney from Sydney, Australia was my guest and he gave the presentation. This, I can promise you was not the highlight of what all the dentists present, wanted to hear. The presentations by both the SADTC and the UoTs also stressed the fact that there is no turning back with regards to Denturism. One of the achieved results at the meeting was that the OHSCC is holding a two day workshop, with the emphasis that we are all equal. This meeting is due to take place early in the new- year, as there is sense of urgency involved, if transformation is to be achieved.
DENTASA also held its general election this year, and both good and bad came out of this. The biggest branch, South Gauteng, has unfortunately no representation on the Exco. This is an urgent priority for January 2016. The good news is that a new branch in Mpumalanga was established. We welcome Channell Steenkamp to the fold. Congratulations to our new President, Michael Lazarevic and Vice President Harry George.
DENTASA Summit and AGM:
2015 AGM proved to be very successful and thank all members that attended, and a special word of thanks to the Western Cape.
2016 has been booked and will be held on the 3rd and 4th June at the Birchwood Hotel & Conference Centre. Please diarize this important date !
Code of Conduct and Ethics:
DENTASA was informed by the SADTC that a code of conduct must be formulated for our members, as all Associations need to abide. I researched various Codes of Conducts and Ethics from many professions around the world, and drew up our own. This was presented to the Exco of DENTASA and duly accepted. The same was also presented to the SADTC.